By Jeff Zimmerman
Former 2-time World Bantamweight Champion Paulie Ayala, now a promoter in his hometown of Ft Worth, Texas under Paulie Ayala Productions has launched a 3 fight boxing series at the Texas Motor Speedway, aptly called Speedway Fight Night. The first event will take place, Thursday, April 29th inside the luxurious Speedway Club overlooking the enormous racetrack that is better known for hosting 150,000 screaming fans for NASCAR.
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While Dallas Cowboy Stadium has been lauded over its elegance and technological achievement and rightfully so, and as it recently entertained the 3rd largest indoor crowd of over 50,000 for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey fight, the Texas Motor Speedway is quite a venue and brings its own unique appeal.
Although expectations for Ayala’s upstart promotion are far less grandiose than what occurred at Cowboys Stadium recently, the Speedway Club will provide an intimate setting for approximately 2,000 fights fans that will also feature a spectacular view of the track.
Ayala, known for his big wins against Johnny Tapia and Bones Adams and tough losses against Mexican legends, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, is focused on keeping the Texas fight scene alive with well matched and entertaining events.
Ayala has stayed close to the boxing scene since retiring following his loss to Barrera and has his own boxing gym in Fort Worth. He is excited to build his new career, and although a boxing lifer, he realizes being a promoter is a whole different game.
“I’m excited because this is something that we have been destined to do since retirement,” Ayala stated as he kicked off the press conference announcing his new fight series.
“I’m more used to being on that side than this side of the promotion,” continued Ayala, referring to going from fighter to promoter. “I see all the obstacles and what you have to do as a promoter.”
He knows first hand that even world champions have to start somewhere and believes his Speedway Fight Night Series is a perfect launching pad for young, up and coming talent.
“We’re coming off a big fight with Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey and the boxing fans that attended the fight, 51,000, but of course we know not all fighters start there, they start in small promotions,” stated Ayala.
Added Ayala, “I think they’re the bloodline of boxing where guys like me are willing to put themselves on the line to keep these fighters busy and that’s what we’re willing to do.”
Ayala has plans to build his own stable of fighters which he has started by signing exciting Austin prospect, Casey Ramos (10-0 4KO’s), who made his debut under Paulie Ayala Productions last October with a unanimous decision over tough veteran Joe Morales (20-13 4KO’s).
“I have a great prospect here in Casey Ramos and if you don’t know who he is come April 29th you will know Casey Ramos, he will put a stamp here and begin to continue his journey of becoming world champion,” said Ayala.
Ayala is not looking to become the next Golden Boy or Top Rank, but he does hope to sign the best talent in Texas and get them on the right path to a world championship. Ayala was six years into his pro career before signing with Top Rank that eventually led to two world titles, so he understands more than most the journey it takes to get to the top.
“As for Paulie Ayala Productions, we’re just looking to scout the best Texas talent and showcase them for the boxing fans to give them the opportunity to be able to see a possible future world champion,” explained Ayala.